ADDBIB(1) User Commands ADDBIB(1)

addbib - create or extend a bibliographic database

addbib [-a] [-p promptfile] database

When addbib starts up, answering y to the initial Instructions? prompt yields directions. Typing n (or RETURN) skips the directions. addbib then prompts for various bibliographic fields, reads responses from the terminal, and sends output records to database. A null response (just RETURN) means to leave out that field. A `' (minus sign) means to go back to the previous field. A trailing backslash allows a field to be continued on the next line. The repeating Continue? prompt allows the user either to resume by typing y (or RETURN), to quit the current session by typing n or q, or to edit database with any system editor (see vi(1), ex(1), ed(1)).

The following options are supported:


Suppresses prompting for an abstract. Asking for an abstract is the default. Abstracts are ended with a Control−D.

-p promptfile

Uses a new prompting skeleton, defined in promptfile. This file should contain prompt strings, a TAB, and the key-letters to be written to the database.

The most common key-letters and their meanings are given below. addbib insulates you from these key-letters, since it gives you prompts in English, but if you edit the bibliography file later on, you will need to know this information.


Author's name


Book containing article referenced


City (place of publication)


Date of publication


Editor of book containing article referenced


Footnote number or label (supplied by refer)


Government order number


Header commentary, printed before reference


Issuer (publisher)


Journal containing article


Keywords to use in locating reference


Label field used by -k option of refer


Bell Labs Memorandum (undefined)


Number within volume


Other commentary, printed at end of reference


Page number(s)


Corporate or Foreign Author (unreversed)


Report, paper, or thesis (unpublished)


Series title


Title of article or book


Volume number


Abstract — used by roffbib, not by refer


Ignored by refer

Example 1 Editing the bibliography file

Except for A, each field should be given just once. Only relevant fields should be supplied.

%A	Mark Twain
%T	Life on the Mississippi
%I	Penguin Books
%C	New York
%D	1978

ed(1), ex(1), indxbib(1), lookbib(1), refer(1), roffbib(1), sortbib(1), vi(1), attributes(7)

September 14, 1992 OmniOS